Five Minute Friday.
Green is my favorite color. I was so super excited when this became the prompt for our week! You see, for me, green represents life, strength, vigor, hope, energy, everything! Two of my three daughters have green birthstones, which makes my mother's jewelry absolutely delightful.
And writing to you on life? Well, where do we begin?
Let's begin at John 10:10. This was the immediate thought after green represents life.
"A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance."
I have come to give you life and that abundantly...even though I am truly a winter bird and love the beautiful snow, the green of spring is something to behold. Someday I'll visit Ireland. That is my long lost musical love. I'll quickly slip into a Celtic accent when I worship with Robin Mark on my CDs from the early turn of our century.
Recently I was transported to that moist but dewy glowing atmosphere while hiking some beautiful waterfalls. They're all on Highway 138 in Southwestern Oregon. There are more than we stopped to see, but I included some of my best photographs for you.
I imagine Heaven as green and luscious with beauty all over. Soft green grass under my feet and fresh mountain air as I stare out over the landscape. (I am Colorado-born, so there's a natural love for the peaks of mountains inside me.)
Sometimes we lack life. We lose luster. We become dull and dry and weary. Then our beautiful Savior leads us back to the Psalms. Since September, I've been journeying through the Psalms. First 121-150 in September. Now it's 1-31 this month. And in a week? Psalm 23 will be here.
He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul;
green, peaceful pastures? Empty of cares and full of life? Can you listen to the babbling brooks and restore your soul?
In our study through the book of Revelation right now, Jesus' voice is described as thundering waters. Waterfalls and oceans must be an earthly representation for us.
Praying that you can take a few minutes this week to allow Him to soothe you into a warm, sunny summer day where you lay on green grass and let the sun warm your very soul.
I keep this 40 second video on my phone for those moments I need to still myself. The water was so loud that I was not aware of anything but the water. It was so large I couldn't take it all in. God is like that. He's all around us and He's everywhere we're looking and He fills our senses in ways we cannot describe!
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